First time to Vegas in November

Feb 12th, 2006, 12:24 PM
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First time to Vegas in November

My daughter is getting married at the Aladdin in November. We plan on staying a few days more as my 50th birthday is that week.

How do you find out what shows are there ahead of time?

What are the mid range hotels?

How far is the Grand Canyon from Las Vegas and how far is Lake Powell?

What is the weather like in November?

Thank you.
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Feb 12th, 2006, 12:49 PM
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I can help with a couple of the questions...

Are you not going to stay at the Aladin? You may be able to get some good rates. The Aladin is in a great location - middle of strip, near the monorail.

If you do the Grand Canyon, go to the South rim, which is more developed. We went to the West rim recently and had to drive a 16 mile dirt road, to end up on an Indian Reservation, and pay $30 each to see the grand canyon. The only draw back is the South Rim is further, but well worth it! You can drive into the park, take your time at many points of view. I recommend packing a picnic.

If you haven't seen any Cirque du Soleil shows, you have many to pick from. You can also see Elton John or Celine Dion if they are in town.

Many of the hotels have great attractions to see, some free, some with a small fee:

Bellagio: Fountains at Bellagio
Every evening, a water and music show plays again and again in the fountains filling the quarter-mile-long lake in front of the Bellagio.

Caesars: fountain show at Caesars

MGM: Lion Habitat at MGM Grand - free

Treasure Island: The Sirens of TI, located at the front entrance of the casino. 5:30, 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m. nightly.

Mirage: Volcano erupts every hour after dusk. Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat is great, small fee.

Paris: The Eiffel Tower Experience, time it so you can watch the fountain show at the Belagio from the top.

Venetian: Gondola Ride

Flamingo: Flamingo and other type of animals habitat - free

Vegas.com has a ton of info.

8-)
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Feb 12th, 2006, 01:40 PM
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www.cheapovegas has good and funny reviews of the various hotels, along with their respective dining and shows.

Weather in November will likely be chilly, so don't bother bringing your swimsuit.

MUCH closer to Vegas than the Grand Canyon are the Valley of Fire and Red Rock Canyon. Though they aren't as spectacular, they both can be easily done in a day trip.
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Feb 12th, 2006, 01:41 PM
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Sorry! It's www.cheapovegas.com
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Feb 12th, 2006, 02:14 PM
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Weather in Vegas in Nov. is iffy, it can go either way. This November it was beautiful. It was gorgeous for Thanksgiving. Typically it will be around 60-65 during the day and it can get chilly at night, down right cold if that wind is blowing.
Some shows I recommend are Danny Gans, Mamma Mia, La Reve or O. A great mid range hotel is the Monte Carlo, located right near NY,NY and the MGM. It is a nice hotel with good restaurants and cheaper rates than some of the others.
Grand Canyon is about 4-4 1/2 hr drive each way. Lake Powell is even further.
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Feb 13th, 2006, 04:24 AM
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Las Vegas has tour companies that will fly you to the Grand Canyon in the morning, leave you at the South Rim for several hours, and then return you to Las Vegas later the same day.

I took one of these tours several years ago, during a short trip to Las Vegas, when there was not enough time for driving long distances. This fly-to tour let me walk around the South Rim for several hours. I had enough time there to see everything I wanted to see.

This tour is a little pricey, but very worthwhile if you have limited time. A fringe benefit is getting great aerial views of the Canyon. One caveat though: the planes are very small, and can be a little frightening, because high winds cause them to shake.
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Feb 13th, 2006, 12:18 PM
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I assume you know that the Aladdin is being converted to Planet Hollywood Hotel. Apparently the hotel will be completely re-themed. There is a lot of construction going on right now. You may want to check with the hotel regarding your daughter's wedding - you don't want a bunch of scaffolding in the wedding pictures.
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Feb 20th, 2006, 04:29 PM
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We lived in the area for four years and would highly recommend the restaurant Hugo's Cellar at the Four Queens in downtown LV. You'll think Frank and Dean will walk in at any time, and the steaks are the BEST!
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